Daily Links and Deals: Thanks in part to the election, ‘surreal’ is the word of the year

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, December 20,  2016:

This Alexa-enabled coffee pot isn’t great at making coffee, but dang it’s cute (The Verge)  Posted due to sheer cuteness factor. 🙂

New York City now lets you pay for parking with your phone (Engadget) I think that this means that the future has really arrived.

There are more Galaxy Note 7s still in use than LG V20 and OnePlus 3T combined (9 to 8 Google) A whole lot of Note 7 phones are still out there.

The state(s) of texting and driving in the US (Ars Technica) Our cell phones are now our maps and navigators. Even without texting, many are using their phones just to get where they are going. How do we deal with this going forward.

Thanks in part to the election, ‘surreal’ is the word of the year (USA Today) Personally, I found how they choose the word of the year more interesting than the word itself.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Rare Objects: A Novel by Kathleen Tessaro.

In Today’s DealsJumbl 22MP All-In-1 Film & Slide Scanner w/ Speed-Load Adapters for 35mm Negative & Slides, 110, 126, & Super 8 Films.

More device sales before the holidays! The Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for $20 off. There are also deals on Fire tablets: The Fire 7″for $40, the Fire tablet variety pack (3 tablets) for $180, the Fire HD 10 for $200 and the Fire Kids Edition for $90. There’s an All-New Fire HD 8 Variety Pack, 32GB with two devices (choice of colors) for $200.

Alexa devices: You can also get the Amazon Echo for $140 ($40 off), the Amazon Tap for $90 ($40 off) and the Echo Dot for $40 ($10 off.) All of the three of the Alexa devices are sold out until after Christmas. The sale is still on, so if you want one and are willing to wait, it is still a good deal.

You can still get 12 months of Kindle Unlimited for the special price of $88.99 – that’s $30 off the regular price.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The Romance Daily Find is Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories by Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern, Jennifer Gracen.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

The new NOOK Tablet is available and is only $49.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Hot Milk by Deborah Levy.  The Extra Daily Deal is Raylan A Novel by Elmore Leonard.

Until December 25th, the waterproof Kobo Aura H2O e-reader is on sale for $159.99 (with free shipping).

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ iTunes’ Great Books, Amazing Deals under $3.99 includes Defender by Diana Palmer.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10. Through December 22nd, you can also rent various Harper Teen books for 24 hours for 99 cents.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

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Daily Links and Deals: The Upside of Fewer People Asking Librarians for Help

daily_links_1Today, a look at what librarians are doing with their time in the age of Google. Also, Samsung is making the Galaxy Note 7 recall official, Pac-Man is still pretty cool and what the AirPods will do for the future of A.I. In deals, a iRobot Roomba and a deal on a basic Kindle two pack.

Daily Links for Monday, September 12, 2016:

The Upside of Fewer People Asking Librarians for Help (Take Part) People using Google to look up things they used to ask librarians. They are doing some amazing things with that “free” time.

Official recall for exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones coming, Samsung and US confirm (PC World) So far, the recall has been voluntary, but that’s about to change.

Pac-Man Is Still Cool (Motherboard) There’s a new Pac-Man in town and he makes us remember why we loved the game in the first place.

When A.I. whispers in your ear all day (Computer World) Is this what Apple’s new AirPods mean for the future?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Pet Friendly by Sue Pethick.

In Today’s Deals, a iRobot Roomba 870 Vacuuming Robot – Robotic Vacuum. Amazon is also featuring a limited-time special for the basic model Kindles. Buy two and use a coupon code “TWOPACK40” at checkout.and get $40 off.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner. The Romance Daily Find is Tied Score by Elia Winters.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is the Grayson Brothers Series Boxed Set by Wendy Lindstrom for 99 cents. The Extra Daily Deal is Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura Oneand the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Dear Husband: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers?

daily_links_1Today, an article that asks if consumer tech products are meeting the needs of baby boomers. Also, some of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones are exploding and it looks like the end of the line for Google’s Nexus. In deals, a Samsung Virtual Reality headset.

Daily Links for day, August 31, 2016:

The end of Nexus: This year’s Google phones to forge new path (Android Central) It seems that this is the end of the line for the Nexus branding.

Sling used to say it wasn’t promoting cord cutting. Now it’s running cord-cutting ads. (Recode) This showcases both a change in strategy for the company and the always delightful Danny Trejo.

Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers? (Recode) An interesting look at the particular tech needs of this age group.

Samsung halting some Galaxy Note 7 shipments following multiple user device explosions (9 to 5 Google) Um, you might want to hold off on upgrading for a bit…. Especially as there are stories about the phones mysteriously cracking inside bags.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Epic: Legends of Fantasy (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn) edited by John Joseph Adams. With contributions from George R R Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, and Paolo Bacigalupi.

In Today’s Deals, the Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset (US Version with Warranty).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is your choice of three history books for $1.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins. The Extra Daily Deal is Friends With Benefits Box Set (Books 1-3) (Friends With Benefits Series) by Luke Young.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Show Dog by Josh Dean.

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.